TITLE 17
Elections

CHAPTER 17-19
Conduct of Election and Voting Equipment, and Supplies

SECTION 17-19-1


§ 17-19-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, except as otherwise required by the context:

(1) "Candidate" means any individual who has qualified under law to have his or her name appear on the ballot for nomination for election or election to office;

(2) "Computer ballot" means the paper ballot prepared by the office of the secretary of state for use in conjunction with the optical-scan precinct-count system or the voting equipment precinct-count system then in place and procured in accordance with this chapter;

(3) "Public office" means any state, municipal, school, or district office or other position that is filled by popular election, except political party offices which shall mean any state, city, town, ward, or representative or senatorial district committee office of a political party or delegate to a political party convention, or any similar office;

(4) A "Vote" shall be any mark made with the appropriate marking device within the ballot voting area between the head and tail of the arrow or in the oval as indicated on the computer ballot next to the candidate, write-in candidate, or question, as is applicable, for whom the voter casts his or her ballot, except as provided in § 17-20-24;

(5) "Voting equipment" means an optical-scan precinct-count voting system or the voting equipment precinct-count system then in place and procured in accordance with this chapter, related memory device, all related hardware and software, accessible voting systems required by federal law, and voting booths;

(6) "Warden" includes moderator and vice versa; and

(7) "Write-in candidate" means any individual receiving votes or seeking election to office by virtue of having irregular ballots cast for him or her pursuant to § 17-19-31.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1935, ch. 2195, § 2; G.L. 1938, ch. 318, § 2; P.L. 1940, ch. 818, § 1; impl. am. P.L. 1947, ch. 1886, §§ 36, 39; P.L. 1948, ch. 2151, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 17-19-1; P.L. 1958, ch. 18, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 277, § 12; P.L. 1996, ch. 298, § 12; P.L. 2004, ch. 264, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 295, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 472, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 483, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 176, § 3; P.L. 2015, ch. 201, § 3; P.L. 2016, ch. 174, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 190, § 1.)